The War on Cops

By Thomas Sowell

Chief among those who generate this poisonous atmosphere are career race hustlers like Al Sharpton, as well as President Obama.
Chief among those who generate this poisonous atmosphere are career race hustlers like Al Sharpton, as well as President Obama.
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

USA –  -( There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas.

Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame?

There is a ton of blame, more than enough to go around to the wide range of people and institutions that have contributed to these disasters. In addition to the murderers who have killed people they don't even know, there are those who created the atmosphere of blind hatred in which such killers flourish.

Chief among those who generate this poisonous atmosphere are career race hustlers like Al Sharpton and racist institutions like the “Black Lives Matter” movement. All such demagogues need is a situation where there has been a confrontation where someone was white and someone else was black. The facts don't matter to them.

The same is true of the more upscale, genteel and sophisticated race panderers, including the President of the United States.

During his first year in the White House, Barack Obama chastised a white policeman over his handling of an incident with a black professor at Harvard — after admitting that he didn't know the specific facts.

Nor did he know the specifics when he publicly announced that, if he had a son, that son would look like Trayvon Martin. Are we to decide who is right and who is wrong on the basis of skin color? There was a long history of that in the days of the old Jim Crow South. Are we fighting against racism today or do we just want to put it under new management?

No one should imagine that any of this is helping the black community. The surge in murder rates across the country, in the wake of the anarchy unleashed after the Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore riots, has taken a wholly disproportionate number of black lives.

But, to the race hustlers, black lives don't really matter nearly as much as their chance to get publicity, power, money, votes or whatever else serves their own interests.

The mainstream media play a large, and largely irresponsible, role in the creation and maintenance of a poisonous racial atmosphere that has claimed the lives of policemen around the country.

That same poisoned atmosphere has claimed the lives of even more blacks, who have been victims of violence by thugs and criminals who have had fewer restrictions as the police have pulled back, or have been pulled back, under political pressure.

The media provide the publicity on which career race hustlers thrive. It is a symbiotic relationship, in which turmoil in the streets gives the media something exciting to attract viewers. In return, the media give those behind this turmoil millions of dollars' worth of free publicity to spread their poison.

It is certainly news when there is turmoil in the streets. But that is very different from saying that giving one-sided presentations at length of the claims of those who promote this turmoil makes sense.

The media have also actively promoted the anti-police propaganda by the way they present the news.

This goes all the way back to the Rodney King riots of 1992. Television stations all across the country repeatedly played a selectively edited fraction of a videotape covering the encounter between the police and Rodney King, who had been stopped after a wild, high-speed chase.

The great majority of that video never saw the light of day on the TV networks that incessantly played the selectively edited fraction.

When the police were charged with excessive violence in overcoming Rodney King's resistance to arrest, the jury saw the whole video — and refused to convict the policemen. That is when people who had seen only what the media showed them rioted after the jury verdict.

Today, the media keep repeating the mantra that there was a “peaceful demonstration,” even when it ends in violence. How many people have to die in “peaceful demonstrations” before the media admit that those who promote mob disruptions have to know what is likely to happen when you put mobs in the streets at night?

Mob rule is not democracy. It threatens democracy, as it threatens lives — black or white — and all lives should matter.

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  • 11 thoughts on “The War on Cops

    1. Blue live matter more to me than black-lives-matter. BLM have no credibility and I couldn’t give a rats azz about that group.

    2. When the society (through the media, activist groups, etc.) tells people things like, “You are always being looked at differently,” or “whenever you go into a store, they are watching you, because you are black,” it creates an essentially delusional belief that seems to be true, even if it is not. My wife just retired after 33 years working in a supermarket. She tells me unequivocally, “The idea that black people are being watched is true, but misleading-you are ALL being watched, all the time. You are being watched for certain kinds of behavior; no one cares what color you are.” But I have several reliable honest, black friends who have told me they can “FEEL how people look at them” (ie, differently). But suppose they had been raised (as we had fond hopes would be the case, back in the 1970s) to believe that they are just like everyone else and are NOT being looked at differently? Would they still feel like white people/cops/store managers, etc,, are looking at them differently from the way they look at other folks? Keep in mind (I’m white) that it never occurred to me that I was ever being watched in a store, although my wife knew better. I know I’m an honest guy, so I didn’t EXPECT to be watched, and never knew I was. Perhaps if we were raising black kids to REALLY believe they are equal, and not to believe they are second class citizens who “are always being watched,” then my black friends would not have been able to “feel how people look at them” at all. In fact, perhaps, that “feeling” is just a misperception of reality caused by the fact that they have been taught by our MSM and race baiters, to expect it.
      Let me give you an example of just how this would work: Suppose my wife and I go to a restaurant and sit at a table next to a black couple like Barack and Michelle (whom I consider blatant racists). We are being served by the same waiter. He is surly, slow, inaccurate, and annoying to all of his customers. I will fail to leave a tip, and my wife and I will leave believing we happened to get a lousy waiter. The black couple, who see the world through a different lens, will believe that they have been treated badly by a racist waiter because they are black. Neither of us is ever likely to do anything in particular to verify our beliefs, because we will both “just know” what happened and think it was obvious, and unworthy of any need for further verification. I may choose not to eat there anymore. But the black couple, whether or not they ever eat there again, will have actually “experienced” racism, will tell their black friends about it, and all this will act to perpetuate the honestly held belief, indeed the experiential “KNOWLEDGE,” that racism is still rampant in our society. When a black person says to a white person, “You can’t know what it is like to be me,” they are correct. Indeed, that is correct for EVERY INDIVIDUAL, regardless of color or ethnicity, and each person’s individual preconceptions will color what they “know to be true” about the world because they have “experienced” it. It is hard to emphasize this enough – both my wife and I, and the black couple will firmly and honestly believe that we “KNOW” what happened, and it will be very hard to change our beliefs, because they are based on our actual experience.
      And THAT is the REAL problem with the different way whites and blacks believe our country to be today. When anyone tells you that you “can’t understand because you aren’t black (or white, or a woman/man, or a combat veteran, or whatever it is that THEY are),” they may be telling you the truth, but it is also something of a cop-out because they are simultaneously telling you that they KNOW more about the situation than you ever CAN know, and therefore, THEY are RIGHT and you are wrong, and you are expected to just accept that.
      Think about it-you are a member of some “closed” group with special shared experiences or knowledge yourself-indeed, we all are. Don’t you believe that you have a better understanding of some things than anyone not in your “special experience” group has? If you are a woman, you may say, “Men can’t really understand what it’s like to have a baby/be a mother,” and many fathers will tell you that the birth of their first child was a life-changing experience that no one who is not a father can really understand. I am a combat vet. I certainly feel that I understand things about the military, and combat, that people who have not experienced it can NEVER know. I have used a gun to defend my life. Does that color my perception and understanding of “gun rights” issues? You bet!
      So, given that we all KNOW we are right about the things we have personally experienced, and that we also understand that no one outside of our “shared experience” group CAN know these things, how do we really expect to seriously TALK to each other, as so many “cooler heads” are now advocating in regards to racial matters in our country?
      There ARE solutions to this problem, but they are not easy, and they cannot be based on false beliefs (which we all have), which can only lead us to develop unsuccessful “solutions,” to misidentified problems.

    3. Who would want to be a cop today. Defending people against criminals who are then let go to do it again. Yet when they subdue them it’s police abuse. Sure some abuse their power but let’s not group all for the actions of the minuscule. They watch over a so called peaceful demonstration that is aimed against them only to be shot down like ducks in a row. Then accused by some to use excessive force to end the situation. We need to stop pointing fingers come together. Respect one another. Let’s not first riot then burn and loot everything around. Then turn to murder for the answer.

    4. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a terrorist and racist anti-police organization. In any other presidential administration they would be prosecuted and exposed for what they are. With the race baiting Muslim Baracko Boma and his fellow Muslims and criminals at the DOJ, the FBI and other federal agencies they are covertly supporting and endorsed the anti-police BLM to pander for the black vote. This will change when and if the “Law and Order” president, Donald Trump takes the helm in 2017. If Crooked HilLIARy gets elected then this country can expect the Clinton Crime Family to do criminal “business as usual” with race based and Clinton Cash infused political payoffs as the standard operating procedure. Pray that Crooked HilLIARy doesn’t get in and that serial sexual predator, “BJ” Bill Clinton gets his sexual jollys anywhere else besides the Oval Office.

    5. I’ll take my stand with the cops! Most of the problem in the country today is idiots like Chris Mallory. This is an obvious Clinton supporter, you can spot them a mile away waiting for someone to tell them what to do next, they can’t think for themselves. I agree with Tex comment above.

    6. There is no “war on cops”. It is a myth put out by the cops and their bootlickers. There is a war on the American people by the cops.

      1. Did you get Mommy’s permission to look at these “gun sites,” before you posted from her basement? Maybe you’ll understand, once you develop your precious frontal lobe, or reach the age of 30, (whichever occurs first).

        People like you haven’t the BALLS to go on a ride-along, to see just what it’s like to wear a LEO’s Uniform

      2. @CMallory BLM holds protests and brings their sniper units, but, “There is no “war on cops.”? I think that you have some interest in negating the police so that you can continue some secret illegal activity without fear of police interference.

      3. Where are the BLM,s concerning the 6000 blacks that been killed by blacks not cops.
        The black men between the age of 13 to 40 do 83 Percent of the gun crimes in this country that is the facts.
        The socialist democrats are using racism to divide the country which is one of the 8 Steps to the end of Freedom
        How stupid can you get

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